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Jacqueline Saper speaking about "From Miniskirt to Hijab"

Sunday, March 14, 2021 1 Nisan 5781

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

 Saper's comfortable childhood and adolescence ended in 1978, as the country convulsed with civil unrest and social clashes. At eighteen, she witnessed the 1979 revolution. The shah was ousted, and Ayatollah Khomeini returned from exile. Iran was now an Islamic theocracy. Seemingly overnight, she went from living a carefree life of wearing miniskirts and attending high school to listening to fanatic diatribes, forced to wear the hijab, and hiding in the basement as Iraqi bombs fell over the city. Her memoir is a riveting story of fate, faith, and multiple cultural identities of a young Jewish woman in one of the most fascinating and politically turbulent parts of the world. Saper's experiences as a Jew in Iran when the country was engaged in a brutal eight-year Iran-Iraq war and when public chants of "Death to Israel" and "Death to America" were commonly heard, is especially important. She fled Iran for the United States, with her husband and two young children in 1987. 

Jacqueline Saper is an award-winning author and speaker. Named after Jacqueline Kennedy, she was born in Tehran to an Iranian father and a British mother and has been a bridge between the East and the West since birth. Fluent in Farsi and an expert on Iranian subject matter, she is a guest speaker on American television and radio shows. Saper speaks on issues pertaining to the Iranian revolution and its aftermath, anti-Semitism, human rights violations towards women and religious minorities. the history of the Jews of Persia and Jews of Iran today, U.S. – Iran, and Israel – Iran relations. Ms. Saper utilizes her training as a college academic and a writer to create and present exciting speaking engagements and seminars. Her op-ed columns appear in several publications including, the Seattle Times, the Jerusalem Post, the Forward, the Times of Israel, Foreign Policy News, Aish, American Thinker, the Sun-Sentinel, the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, Breitbart, and Persian Heritage.


Jacqueline Saper has given us a boots-on-the-ground account of the political and cultural upheaval caused by the 1979 Iranian Revolution...An important and courageous book, Saper’s story leaves the reader deeply moved and incredulous, but at the same time hopeful and in awe of the author’s ability to cope and ultimately thrive. – Chicago Writers Association 2020 Book of the Year Judges: Angalia Bianca & Linda Beckstrom

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